On a happier note, we have had a wonderful holiday season. We got to go to Alabama for a weekend. That's right, a weekend. Waaaaaaay too fast, but such a sweet time. Carter got to meet more of the Carter family:
(I love the shirt Grandma got just for us!)
and got to cuddle with Pa and the extremely special tree that was put up JUST for him:
(If grandchildren are special, great-grandchildren are just unbelievable...Carter is one blessed baby! Pa spent hours and hours getting lights off this tree, replacing bulbs, and putting lights back on the tree...just for the sweet smile on Carter's face while he stared at the lights. Just one example of how loved sweet Carter is.)
Carter also got to meet some of our most precious friends in the world. Mr. James and Mrs. Dorothy held my Daddy when HE was a little one. They've known my grandparents (both sets) longer than I have. I was so, so glad for them to meet Carter!
When we got home from Alabama, Kyle was here! He came to visit over his Christmas break (remember when he came last summer?) We had so much fun playing with Carter together!
Carter loved Kyle...a lot. Especially his fingers. And I think Kyle was pretty partial to Carter if I know him as well as I think I do. And I do. :)
It was so much fun to get to catch up with my dear friend...and it was good for Steven and Kyle to get to hang out as well while Kyle and Carter got to know each other. What a blessing lifelong friends are.
While Kyle was here, we got to celebrate Daddy's birthday and Christmas with Mama, Daddy, Travis and Susanna. We were so blessed by sweet, sweet presents and precious time together.
Precious family time
Baby boy Hancock is growing!
Our family spoils us!
Opening presents with Grandaddy and Uncle Travis.
Yay! My handyman is further enabled!
What a cool train from Uncle Travis and Aunt Susanna!
Carter playing in his super cool exersaucer from Grandmama and Grandaddy....daring that frog to blink! :)
Kyle went home on Christmas Eve and we headed to Spartanburg to spend some time with the Castillos and then back to Greenville to go to a Christmas Eve service with Mama and Daddy. Then Carter had a total, complete meltdown and he went to bed. His little tummy hurt and then he just wore himself out....creating a meltdown worthy of forgoing the storytime and cookies for Santa that I was so excited about. Oh well...I get the feeling that he's not going to look by and resent me for it. I'm going to be okay with that!
On Christmas morning, Carter woke up in the very same pajamas I woke up in 24 Christmas mornings ago:
and Grandmama and Grandaddy were there to see what Santa brought:
Grandaddy and Carter are working on matching their smirks...they're getting ridiculously good.
Carter seems very excited about his big boy carseat that Santa brought....he'll be even more excited in several months when he can use it I'm sure :)
Checking out his stocking!
Opening presents with Mama!
Playing with one of his new toys with Daddy!
After a cinnamon roll breakfast, we packed up and head to Abuelo and Abuelita's to see Aunt Gabby, Uncle Rique and Aunt Sarah. We got to open even more presents, eat way too many tamales and other treats, and watched Christmas movies! Aaaaand it started snowing! Carter got a white Christmas on his very first Christmas!
They love each other so much!
Kisses from Abuelita!
Aunt Sarah and Carter make each other smile.
Thank you so much for my precious book and slippers Aunt Sarah and Uncle Rique...I love them!
Aunt Sarah made Carter a PRECIOUS book with his nighttime prayer and pictures of his whole family. He LOVES it so much!
Opening a precious present from Abuelo and Abuelita that will entertain Carter for hours in the car!
Uncle Rique making Carter laugh!
Carter's first, white Christmas!
Whew! So many pictures....but if you still haven't had enough....you can see more here! You know what the collection of pictures should be called? "Look how much Steven, Teri Lee and Carter are loved." Not very catchy, but super accurate!
So after all that excitement...we headed to a week of bliss in Hilton Head with the Hancocks on the day after Christmas. What a restful time...Carter got so many cuddles with his aunt, uncle, and grandparents, yours truly got SO much rest, and we all had so much fun riding bicycles, playing golf and tennis, running, walking on the beach, watching movies, cookies, EATING, and just hanging out together. Can I just say that I have the best parents ever? Not only do they hold Carter when he is sweet and cuddly, but they also take him when he his screaming his face off to rock him to sleep, even when everyone else is together in the living room. They take him to change his stinky, stinky diapers. They hold him when we are all eating and he has had enough of his Bumbo. Mama and Daddy truly love Carter...but they also truly love Steven and I with a sacrificial love that serves. I hope I'm a mama that serves my children the way my parents have taught me. They show the love of Jesus in the way they love their children and grandchildren. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. So much more than we can say.
Just a few pictures of Hilton Head. For the record, Steven was here, just not on this day that I took pictures. I am a failure at taking pictures when he isn't around.
Carter's first trip to the beach!
I didn't get to talk about everything I'd like to...but...that's the way it is sometimes. I really do believe that joy is not complete until it is shared. That's why we tell stories, take photographs of beautiful moments, write songs about feelings...but I am learning that sometimes joy has to just be treasured in our hearts. We can't always take the time to take the picture without missing the beauty of the moment or capture the feeling in a story. And that's okay. Sometimes we live moments that are good without there being any record except what is in our hearts. And my heart is full after this holiday season with my "village". I have no idea what 2011 will bring, but I know that I have been unbelievably blessed in 2010. I pray that Lord will bless and keep you in this new year, and that you will see Him more clearly and love Him better than you ever have before. He is better than anything I've ever known.